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Profile of a company that creates care packages to send to relatives, friends and business associates

This story appears in the August 2000 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

Remember the little thrill you felt when you were away at camp and a care package arrived from home? Three guys from Fairfield, Connecticut-once very enthusiastic care- recipients themselves-believe that everyone can use a care package now and then, no matter how grown-up you are. They took the old-fashioned idea of sending a little TLC in a box and mixed it with 21st century technology, and-voilà!-out came a business called carepackages.com LLC.

Launched in October 1999, the site allows customers either to choose from more than 100 ready-made packages that can be sent directly to friends and relatives, or to create their own custom packages from 500 available products. The selections, ranging from $10 to $40, include seasonal care packages, such as the Scare Package for Halloween, brimming with a variety of brand-name candy and a box that doubles as a jack-o-lantern. For the collegian, there's The Examinator, a study survival kit crammed with coffee, Ramen noodles and Visine, which any kid would give his right arm for during finals week. And the list goes on.

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